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A very paltry or miniscule amount of money; the absolute minimum amount. Suzy's brother has a connection in the stadium, so we got these tickets for chicken feed! I had a few jobs during college working for chicken feed, but it was the only work I could get that fit in with my studies.
for chicken feed
For a very paltry or miniscule amount of money; for nearly no money or the absolute minimum amount. I managed to get tickets to the Super Bowl! Suzy's brother has a connection in the stadium, so we got them for chicken feed! I had a few jobs during college working for chicken feed, but it was the only work I could get that fit in with my studies. Oh for Christ's sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it!
Fig. a small amount of anything, especially of money. (See also for chicken feed. Compare this with for peanuts.) Of course I can afford $800. That's just chicken feed. It may be chicken feed to you, but that's a month's rent to me.
for chicken feedand for peanuts
Fig. for nearly nothing; for very little money. (Also used without for.) Bob doesn't get paid much. He works for chicken feed. You can buy an old car for chicken feed. I won't do that kind of work for peanuts!
Trifling amount of money, as in I'm not going to mow lawns for $5 an hour-that's chicken feed. This expression alludes to the fact that chickens can be fed corn and wheat grains too small for other uses. [Slang; early 1800s]
1. If an amount, usually of money, is chicken feed, it is very small, especially compared with another amount. The £70,000-a-year backing received from sponsors is chicken feed compared to the £20m budgets available to some of his rivals.
2. If someone or something is chicken feed, they are insignificant, especially compared with another person or thing. There's Masters, too. He's the biggest threat. We're just chicken feed.
n. a small amount of money. (see also peanuts.) It may be chicken feed to you, but that’s a month’s rent to me.
for chicken feedverb
See for peanuts